Mike Mallory, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties (SHFB) located in Manteca, will tell you “it takes an army to accomplish their mission”, and it does. Fighting Hunger-Feeding Hope! It is a daily challenge accomplished by a committed and dedicated group of stakeholders led by Mike. He will tell you “others make it happen”. Others will tell you “Mike makes it happen”. The reality is with Mike’s guidance and leadership, and with the dedication of staff and the commitment of community minded individuals, together, they accomplish this monumental feat every day.
Mike began as a member of the Board of Directors in 1998. Mike was invited to become the new CEO in 2008. At this time the economy was experiencing significant challenges, and the food bank was faced with equally significant organizational and operational issues.
Mike’s leadership led to a restructuring of the board and increased the effectiveness of the food bank. The food bank has grown to include many additional communities including Merced and the Mother Lode that rely on the food bank for food. There is a collaboration of over 100 non-profit agencies that distribute over 15.8 million pounds of food to food pantries and after school programs serving 365,000 adults, seniors and children that suffer from food insecurity.
Current programs that have expanded or were created under his leadership include: Food 4 Thought, Senior Brown Bag, Mobile Fresh, Green Bag (Go Green for Seniors), Chef Program, Farm to Family and events such as The Chili Cook-Off, Hit the Streets for Hunger, Empty Bowls and Turkeys R Us.
Mike has become the face of Second Harvest Food Bank, but his service continues by being involved and serving on the Wells Fargo Advisory Board, California Food Bank Association, Mountain Valley Express Board and Stanislaus County Healthy Aging Association. Because of his involvement he has been able to expose the food bank and garner additional support and resources that extend the impact of the agency. Mike and the staff at SHFB are tireless and innovative, working every day to eliminate hunger.
Mike attended and graduated from Sacramento City College in 1975 and Cal Poly-Pomona in 1977. He is married to his best friend Suzanne and is a proud father and grandfather.